As the largest private employer in the United States and the world, Walmart is setting the standard for jobs. That standard is so low that hundreds of thousands of its employees here are living in poverty - even many that work full time. The problems extend to workers who toil in unsafe working conditions in subcontracted warehouses. And also to workers in developing countries such as China and Bangladesh who make incredibly low wages while manufacturing the goods on Walmart's shelves. With over 2.1 million employees worldwide, and millions more indirectly impacted as family members or workers throughout Walmart's supply chain, changing Walmart is of fundamental importance for the future of our global community.
Across the U.S., workers and communities are coming together as one to say enough is enough. It is time for fundamental change at Walmart. For the first time in history, Walmart retail workers have a voice through the Organization United for Respect at Walmart (OUR Walmart). With thousands of members in hundreds of stores in more than thirty states, this courageous group of workers is speaking out and beginning to win improvements in their jobs and their lives. Gerry Paladan is one of those workers. He was fired from the Federal Way Supercenter for his involvement with OUR Walmart, but continues to fight for justice. He shares his story about taking on the largest corporation in the world, and why he continues to this day despite the odds. Elena Perez, coordinator of Making Change at Walmart, Puget Sound coalition explains how pressure is building to change Walmart from a variety of different aspects, and how you can be a part of the movement to rebuild our worldwide economy into one that upholds the dignity of labor. Thanks to the Common Good Café Watch Pirate Television in King County channel 29/77 Mondays 8-9pm, Thurs. 1-2pm, & Sun. 1-2am PST or streaming live on Seattle Community Media. Pirate TV streams several times a week on Puget Sound Access. Pirate TV also broadcasts on Free Speech TV: Details listed in FStv Schedule. See also: FStvPirateTV Website, Pirate TV Archive: www.PirateTVSeattle.com2013